Football: Thursday night report

Not too much more to report after watching the end of practice tonight. The offense attempted some red zone possessions and wasn’t very successful. Quarterbacks Zach Maynard and Allan Bridgford struggled to complete any passes.

Some other updates:

  • Offensive lineman Alex Crosthwaite has a sprained ankle; that is the reason for his walking boot.
  • Wide receiver Coleman Edmond is out with a pulled muscle.
  • Linebacker D.J. Holt has a broken bone in his hand. Jeff Tedford said he’s fine to play with his cast.
  • I didn’t see WR Michael Calvin at the beginning of practice. Not sure if I just missed him or he showed up late, but he was on the field at the end of practice.

Maynard took the first reps at both the beginning and end of practice. But when asked if the quarterback competition is starting to take more shape, Tedford said no.

“Spring is about competing at the quarterback position,” Tedford said. “They’re getting better every day. There is a lot of learning going on. I see them progressing. Maybe by the end of spring, somebody will separate himself.”

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks is starting to get some early offseason recognition. Kendricks’ has a toughness about him that translates into good leadership, and now that he is playing in the middle of the field again, he really is emerging as part of the heart and soul of the defense.

“He’s really done a nice job of maturing and being a leader for the defense and the team,” Tedford said. “He’s a veteran. He and D.J. both really understand what  we’re doing.”

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • rotfogel

    I hope the offense can just be average, because that defense is chalk full of talent from top to bottom. It is, by far, the most talented defense in the Pac 12.

  • Uh Huh!

    Well, just wait a year or two more on that defense statement. Then you can really say it! The youngins need to grow into it.

  • Scott

    I’ve been to two open practices & can say that the defense will be top notch this year. QBs and WRs look pretty solid. IMHO, the only parts of the team to shore up are RBs, OL, and ST coverage. If Tedford gets those things firmed up, Cal looks like a 8+ win team. I encourage Cal fans to go to the April 30 open practice at Contra Costa College from 10:00 to 12:30. I’ve been impressed at the two practices that I’ve attended. Things are starting to look up.

  • Bear Fan

    Is it me or does Tedford seem a lot more critical of his team? Usually we gets lots of positive sugar coated responses from him. Is this the result of his first losing season?

  • Bears

    The D sure has potential but they are far from a sure thing. The S position is a major question mark, no one there is a proven player/leader. Need at least two to emerge at S, key position! At LB we are strong in middle with MK and DJ but unproven and young on the outside, on the DL we are talented and deep but also unproven/young. Lots of potential and talent to work with but far from a sure thing.
    I hope the D can put it all together and be the dominating group they have the potential to be.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Scrubs play on the level that scrubs do.Your QBs are a case in point.

  • Scott

    Sorry to add to the confusion re: the April 30 open practice. JO gave the correct time — 12noon – 2:30pm. But, that could change again!

  • Golden Bear

    Amy, why don’t you just quit trying to post on here already?

  • nickle

    I’ve been saying this for a while now but does anyone else find it weird JO allows morenc’s trolling comments to stay on this website? He does edit out comments, like mine from a few months ago, which I still don’t understand what was “offensive” according to JO.

  • Stanley

    I’ve concluded that JO is the troll. That way he keeps the site active. Bad pub is better than no pub